Friday is family day for most of us in Kuwait. A day for family gatherings, late morning brunches, for playing in the parks, doing a bit of shopping, eating out and generally spending quality time with the kids.
My family takes Fridays very seriously. I typically have the weekend planned by Tuesday or Wednesday and always try to ensure there’s outdoor time, a lunch out and something fun and creative for the kids to do.
Fridays are also my favorite day to try something new. Recently, we were asked to try Elevation Burger. I had heard of the restaurant for some time now but had never visited. But when I came to know that Elevation Burger provides only organic, grass fed beef in its burgers, I realized I had to try it.
We took the kids to the one in Rimal, Bidaa, next to Fridays for our lunch. The location is great as its close to our house, the staff were super friendly and the food was fresh and served quickly.
There were three things I really liked about Elevation Burger:
First, you can totally tell the difference in the burger. It’s still a yummy cheat meal but not as greasy as some burger joints. The organic beef certification means that the cows the beef comes from have never been given antibiotics or growth-promoting hormones. This is great for my kids who have allergies and asthma.
I try to limit as much as possible processed foods and chemicals. So I love the fact that Elevation Burger use aged, unprocessed cheddar cheese. We don’t typically eat only organic but I do what I can and always make sure there are fresh veggies and other unprocessed meats and breads in their meals. The fewer chemicals, the better.
Second, organic, grass fed beef also tends to be lower in fat and therefore leaner. Leaner beef means less fat ends up on my thighs. I’m working on making 2015 the year of change in our family’s diet and exercise. It’s a slow, gradual shift as I want to inculcate the changes as a habit of healthy eating and an active lifestyle – not just a temporary diet - and every little bit counts. We still want fatty foods (my hubby loves machboos and I love burgers and fries). Still why spend an extra two hours on the treadmill – even if it is a cheat meal? And by using olive oil with the fries, they cut down on the grease factor and my kids fingers aren’t dripping with oil when they’ve finished their meal.
Third, according to a 2014 Mayo Clinic report, grass-fed organic beef also tends to have more heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants including vitamin E. And a 2010 research paper published in Nutrition Journal, a peer reviewed academic journal on nutrition, noted that “Several studies suggest that grass- based diets elevate precursors for Vitamin A and E, as well as cancer fighting antioxidants…and fat conscious consumers will also prefer the overall lower fat content of a grass-fed beef product.”
Let’s be honest, a burger is not a salad. But still all burgers are not equal and at least with Elevation Burger, there is a balance of indulgence and healthiness.
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